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A firefighter climbs a ladder to get at the remaining flames of a Thursday morning, Aug. 18, house fire on County Road E in Houlton, a short distance west of Hwy. 35.

Houlton home gutted by fire Thursday morning

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A Houlton couple is fortunate to have escaped a fire that gutted their residence Thursday morning.

According to St. Joseph Fire Chief Ron Burton, the man and woman were alerted of the fire by a passing motorist who noticed flames and smoke coming from the house and stopped to pound on the door.


Burton said the St. Croix County dispatcher who took the motorist's 911 call at about 6:30 a.m. could hear him knocking on the door.

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Randy Hanson
Randy Hanson has reported for the Star-Observer since 1997. He came to Hudson after 11 years with the Inter-County Leader at Frederic, and eight years of teaching social studies. He’s a graduate of UW-Eau Claire.
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